How to stay safe while playing bingo
If you are new to the world of online bingo, you might be wondering how to choose the right bingo site. The most important thing to look for when searching for the best bingo sites is safety. There are a lot of sites to choose from, and some prioritise safe online bingo more than others, but what makes a safe bingo site? There are a variety of things to look for, but the best sites, like tombola, have player safety as their number one priority. There are, however, several things you can do to ensure you are staying safe while playing bingo online.
Check for a gambling license
To confirm that you are playing on a safe bingo site, the first thing to do is check that they have a gambling license. Often found in the footer of the homepage, a legitimate gambling site will always display that they are licensed. Along with any licensing jurisdiction logos, the site will also link to the license register which has information about the types of activity that the site is permitted to offer.
If, like tombola, a site is licensed by the UK Gambling Commission, you are automatically protected by tough consumer protection rules. The Gambling Commission also ensures that the site meets regulations. At tombola, for example, we use a Random Number Generator for all of our bingo games. To make sure that the Random Number Generator is fair, it is tested by an independent auditor and then approved by the Gambling Commission.
Keep your personal details private
Account security is one of the key things to look out for when searching for a safe bingo site. To ensure none of your financial or personal information can be accessed by a third party, most of the best bingo sites use a technology called SSL encryption. SSL encryption safeguards any personal data sent between two systems and is the same technology that is used for online banking.
Not only is it a good idea to check out the account security when looking for a safe bingo site, but you also need to be mindful of the information you share online too. One of the main reasons to play online bingo with tombola is because of our amazing community. With lots of friendly players and Chat Moderators to chat to in our chat rooms, you may be tempted to reveal personal details about yourself. However, we would never recommend sharing any personal information, such as your full name, address, or phone number, in the chat rooms. We would also recommend thinking carefully before choosing your username too. Rather than using your full name, it’s worth spending a little extra time coming up with something completely unique.
Look for deposit and withdrawal restrictions
Many of the best bingo sites use withdrawal restrictions to help keep you safe while playing bingo online. Here at tombola, our players are only permitted to withdraw to the payment method they used to deposit. This means, should someone hack your account with the intention of withdrawing your money, anything in your account can only be withdrawn to your personal bank account.
Safe online bingo sites also often restrict the amount of money you can deposit within a certain timeframe too. Although these amounts may vary from time to time, they are in place for your safety. At tombola, for example, we have a maximum site deposit limit of £500, and a net deposit limit of £250 per week. This means you can only deposit more than £250 if you have made a withdrawal. We do, however, like to encourage our players to set their own limits.
Set your own limits
One of the best ways to stay safe when playing online bingo is by setting your own deposit limits. As with anything you enjoy, it can be easy to get carried away when playing bingo. That’s why to help avoid the temptation to overspend, it’s always worth setting a deposit limit. Our Deposit Limit tool is just one of many we have to keep you safe here at tombola.
In our Safeplay section, you will find all of our responsible gambling tools and we encourage our players to check them out. Even though the maximum amount you can stake per game on tombola is just £2, our Stake Limits tool is handy for anyone looking to cut back on their spending. Stake Limits enables you to set a maximum amount you wish to be able to stake per game. There is also the option to take a Cool Off from the site from anywhere between 24 hours and 5 months. For a longer break, you can use the Self Exclusion tool. Using the Self Exclusion function, you can ban yourself from the site for a period ranging from 6 months to permanently. Other tools include Game Freeze, which allows you to remove the option to play a particular game, and our time management tool, Time Keeper.
Use the Time Keeper when playing
Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? We know it’s easy to lose track of time when playing your favourite bingo games. That’s why, the best safe online bingo sites help you to not only limit the amount of money you spend on their site, but the time you spend too!
Found in the Safeplay section, along with our other handy responsible gambling tools, our Time Keeper function helps you monitor the time you spend playing on tombola. You can set the timer to notify you after playing our games for either one hour, two hours, or three hours. At the end of the timer, you will be given the option to either close the game, view your transaction history, or keep playing. If you ever have any questions about anything related to safe online bingo, or any queries on any of our Safeplay tools, we have a dedicated Safeplay team who are available to chat 24/7.